Recent Release Roundup
News / November 27, 2020

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. The Last Chapter by Butts Giraud Butts Giraud has been living “stories” for years through his many escapades involving family, friends, professional athletes and business partners. He has written this book to share his stories with you. The stories are drawn from his travels starting in 1964 at a small British Columbia First Nations village called Klemtu to the high school football fields of Southern California, then back to Canada for his first CFL Professional football training camp with the BC Lions. After College graduation, Butts lands pro football contracts with both the BC Lions and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Next he shifts to an 11 year Professional Wrestling career which takes him around the world. He has dinner with the infamous Saddam Hussein and appears on Gary Moore’s “To Tell the Truth” show in New York. From atop World Championship high diving platforms to the corporate business board rooms of the USA and Canada, Butts has seen it all. The stories’ trail leads to his present love of music and performing live. As his long-time friend and former CFL teammate, Winnipeg Blue Bomber…

Buddy Rogers Bio Coming Soon
News / November 16, 2020

Crowbar Press is soon to publish Master Of The Ring, a biography of Buddy Rogers by Tim Hornbaker. (We’ve previously reviewed his books National Wrestling Alliance, Capitol Revolution and Death of the Territories.) It will initially be available in print direct from Crowbar Press with a Kindle version scheduled for December.

Unofficial Rock Biography On The Way
News / November 3, 2020

James Romero, whose book on Owen Hart I previously reviewed, will soon be publishing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: The People’s Champion – From WWE to Hollywood c. Here’s the blurb: FINALLY… from the author of the highly regarded Owen Hart: King of Pranks comes the wrestling biography every WWE fan and the millions… and millions of Rock fanatics around the world have been waiting for! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: The People’s Champion – From WWE to Hollywood charts the personal life and wrestling career of ten-time WWF/WWE/WCW Champion and movie megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in-depth for the very first time. Along with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vince McMahon and the concept of “Attitude”, the emergence of The Rock was instrumental in turning the languishing World Wrestling Federation, on the brink of downsizing, into a billion dollar entity within two years. With The Rock at the forefront, the WWF routinely broke viewership, box office and ticket sales records. In 2000, The Rock became the most well-known mainstream professional wrestler in the world and in 2001 Dwayne entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest paid debuting lead actor for his star-making turn in The Scorpion King. After several years…

Buggsy McGraw-inspired Book In Development
News / October 27, 2020

Ian Douglass, who worked with Buggsy McGraw on his autobiography, is using Kickstarter to publish The Incredible Brute, a new book inspired by McGraw’s career: This literary project is intended to create an appreciation for the early stages of the professional wrestling career of Michael Davis. Years before he entertained thousands of fans as Buggsy McGraw, Davis made his debut under a mask in Detroit as The Big O.  From there, Davis would remove the mask and wrestle as Beautiful Brutus before enjoying the most productive years of his career as The Brute and Buggsy McGraw! Set primarily in the Detroit wrestling territory of the late 1960s, “The Incredible Brute” is a comic-style coloring book that transforms the early career of Davis into a superhero’s origin story. This fantastical professional wrestling parody will be a great collector’s item for fans of Detroit’s Big Time Wrestling era, and also for fans of any of Mike Davis’ colorful wrestling personas. This book is written by Ian Douglass, illustrated by M.W. Leitzel, published by Darkstream Press, and is included in the ongoing Bledtime Stories line of collectible pro wrestling coloring books

Recent Release Roundup
News / October 22, 2020

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. The Wrestling Observer Yearbook ’97 by Dave Meltzer with Dante Richardson For the first time ever, Dave Meltzer’s famous Wrestling Observer Newsletter is available as both a print and digital book.The first of the series revisits all of the major wrestling and MMA stories from 1997 (all condensed into handy chapters for ease of reference), including:- The Montreal Screwjob- Shawn Michaels loses his smile- ECW arrives on pay-per-view- Vader arrested in Kuwait- Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels backstage brawl- Ken Shamrock signs from the WWF- Riki Choshu retires- WWF vs. WCW: The Battle of Los Angeles- The death of Plum Mariko- Arn Anderson retires- AJW goes bankrupt- Tod Gordon leaves ECW- Randy Couture beats Vitor Belfort- WCW breaks records- Fan riots- The Demise of the USWAPlus business analysis, supercard summaries, PPV drawing cards, and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards. Toolbox: Building Better Pro-Wrestling by Mike Quackenbush Professional wrestling has always been wrapped in mystery. After a century of masquerading as legitimate sport, at last pro-wrestling has begun to show the potential of its form. At its core, it is live combat theatre, and…

Recent Release Roundup
News / September 22, 2020

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. Untold Legend: Sea-Side City by S.A. Ballantyne Between the ropes, Ian Stallion is a high flying phenomenon. Confident and charismatic the 6 foot, platinum locked wrestler impresses everyone who attends his shows. Unfortunately for Ian, the local wrestling promoter (and slime ball) Den, is more interested in promoting muscle men for a quick buck during the school holidays, than running professional wrestling shows. Ever since he could remember, Ian has dreamed of making it as a wrestler in L.A.W (Live Action Wrestling). But, despite all Ian Stallion’s potential, his real-world alter ego Ian Stally is on the brink of submitting to the intense physical, mental and logistical pressure of his boyhood dream… Get a backstage pass into the world of an aspiring independent wrestler! Tag up with Ian and experience the real world pressures he is grappling with behind the curtain. Will his dreams come true… or will they become an untold legend? Wrestling With My Mind by Roy Bevis and Neil Cameron This hard hitting book is a true rags to riches story. Going from a rundown council estate in Norwich to the…

Initial Views Roundup
News / August 25, 2020

While it’s only fair to review a book after reading it in full, first impressions are also important. With that in mind, here are some initial thoughts on many recent releases. They are based on the free sample on Kindle, which usually includes somewhere up to the first 10% of the total book. Kicking Down Doors… by LJ Tracosasis an authorized WWE book covering the history of female wrestling. Written in full kayfabe mode, it looks like it falls into the obvious trap of having to simultaneously push the idea that the promotion revolutionized womens wrestling in 2015 while avoiding any suggestion it treated female performers unfairly at any time before that. This includes the particularly baffling comment that after losing the womens title to the Fabulous Moolah/Spider Lady (with no acknowledgement of the double-cross by the promotion), a devastated Wendi Richter “walked out of the arena and out of WWE for good, but with the satisfaction of knowing that she had changed WWE – and the way the world saw its female Superstars – forever.” Donald Trump and the Kayfabe Presidency: Professional Wrestling Rhetoric in the White House (Rhetoric, Politics and Society) by Shannon Bow O’Brien appears to be…

Recent Release Roundup
News / August 20, 2020

The following recent releases did not get advance listings and thus weren’t in our weekly release schedule. The Wrestling Insomniac by Michael J Labbe The Wrestling Insomniac blog started on March 1, 2015, this book is a collection of some of the most popular posts with updates noted as events have changed over the years. Stories include the NWA’s 1998 Invasion of the WWE, Failure of “The New” Tag Teams, the Smackdown Juniors Division, The WCW Hall of Fame, Hulk Hogan’s Rare TV Matches, New Japan Wrestling in the Soviet Union and many more. The History of the WWF Volume III: 1988: From 1985 to the Present by Jonathan Johnson Imagine going back in time and reliving WWF history as it actually happened. Not as the WWE wants to present it, but as it actually aired. No longer would superstars disappear from the history books or angles be edited out because they’re deemed too offensive to WWE’s current corporate philosophy. Instead, you’d see the WWF as it aired, as you remembered it if you’re old enough, or as it really happened for the first time if you’re a younger fan. You’d see the WWF that turned a regional promotion into a…

New Book on Wrestling Pioneer
News / June 22, 2020

Steven Bell has a new title due for release on 5 October, The Man Of All Talents. It covers Douglas Clark, a key figure in the UK’s pro wrestling revival in the 1930s. A Man of All Talents is the remarkable story of rugby and wrestling legend Douglas ‘Duggy’ Clark. Born in 1891 in the sleepy Cumbrian village of Maryport, at 14 he left school to work for his father’s coal merchant business. Duggy grew into an exceptionally strong but quiet and reserved young man. His two great passions were rugby and Cumberland and Westmorland-style wrestling, and he excelled at both. By 24 he was already a rugby league great and a key member of Huddersfield’s ‘Team of All Talents’, winning every honour the sport could offer. He represented Britain in the infamous 1914 ‘Rorke’s Drift’ tour of Australia before being called up to serve in the Great War. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, but his war injuries were so severe he was discharged with a 20% disability certificate. Doctors gave Duggy an ultimatum: either he could stay home and live a long but sedate and ordinary life or risk his health by returning to sport. He…

Vince McMahon Bio coming
News / June 1, 2020

Author Abraham Riesman has announced he is writing a biography of Vince McMahon to be published by Atria Books (part of Simon & Shchuster) with the blurb: …a biography of Vince McMahon, who went from a dyslexic boy growing up in a trailer park to the iconoclastic Chairman and CEO of the multi-billion dollar WWE empire, with new reporting and exclusive interviews from those witnessed, aided and suffered from his ascent. Riesman previously wrote a biography of Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee. This will be the first full-blown bio of McMahon, though Shaun Assael’s Sex, Lies and Headlocks was loosely organised around his life and career. Hold your excitement however, as the new book has no scheduled release date and Riesman is aiming for late 2022.